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The model for around 20 Bible Museums and Bible Centres

When the Bible Gallery opened in Meersburg in June 1988, it was the first exhibition in Germany where you could get first-hand experience of the world of the Bible. This style of presentation has become the model today for around 20 other centres featuring the "Book of Books" in Germany, Austria and even in Sopron in Hungary.

More than 400,000 people have visited the first permanent Bible exhibition, situated in the 500-year-old former Dominican Convent in Meersburg. In addition to the permanent displays there have been special exhibitions including the art, music, aromas, precious stones and animals from the world of the Bible.

Exhibitions featuring the works of Marc Chagall, Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Dix und Friedensreich Hundertwasser amongst others have also been staged.

In June 2008, the Bible Gallery in Meersburg opened a completely re-designed and enlarged exhibition.

More Exhibits and more Themes

The permanent exhibition includes many new themes, displays and exhibits. However, the new arrangements keep the character of the 500-year-old cloister. Visitors can experience the exciting history of the old convent from the depths of the original cloister well on the ground floor.

Non-Profit Organisation

Since 2003, the Bible Gallery has taken the form of a non-profit company.  It is managed by Deacon Thea Groß. Up until 2003 the Bible Gallery was run as a part of the parish of the Evangelical Church in Meersburg. A legacy made the creation of the Bible gallery possible. Today the running costs have to come from careful management of admission fees, donations, the museum shop, and subsidies. Since 2005 the work of the Bible Gallery has been supported by the Meersburg Bible Gallery Foundation.

New interactive exhibits

More than ever central to everyday life – 20 years of the Bible Gallery: Since June 2008, there is a completely new layout which combines the experiences and thoughts raised by the message of the Bible in a much stronger way than before.

On the upper floor, a scriptorium from the middle ages and a special room for priceless original and illustrated Bibles can be seen. In addition, graphics show the world of the Bible and the way it has been handed down, starting from the beginning, through the development of the Gutenberg press, right up to the digital world of today.

As well as a Nomad tent, you can also see a model of a house, typical of those in Jesus’ time. In each new display “Wido Wiederhopf” is there, especially for the children. The biblical herb garden invites you to linger outside in the courtyard. The entire exhibition is now fully accessible for disabled visitors.

More Dialogue and More Experiences

The many new interactive displays in the Bible Gallery will surprise, amaze, puzzle and challenge you. Where other exhibitions have a “Please don’t touch” sign, the Bible Gallery invites you to do quite the opposite. A dialogue is created between the visitor and the world of the Bible. Everyone will have his own individual experiences leading to new insights. The picture gallery gives a first impression of the style of the exhibition.


Opening Times 2015
From 28th March to 8th November

Daily, Tuesday-Saturday
11am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
2pm to 5pm
Closed Mondays

Group visits by prior arrangement - also possible outside normal opening times.

Please contact us by phoning   +49 (0)7532 5300 or by e-mail.

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